Category - How Food Works

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What is Dutch liquorice (drop)?

In the past decade or so I have lived abroad in several countries. One of the aspects of living abroad is sharing (or telling about) the food from where you’re from. The Dutch stroopwafels (syrup waffles) so far...

chicago style deep dish pizza

Science of Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

If you’ve never been to Chicago, chances are small you have come across Chicago-style deep dish pizza. It’s a pretty regional phenomenon and personally I haven’t seen it outside of the city, whereas in...

chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with pistachio crumb sm

Chocolate and peanut butter dessert

There are few shows I completely follow along with, but I’ve been watching Masterchef Australia since the start. None of the other version (US, UK, Dutch) have made it to my playlist. The show has a good...

bright crispy chicken skins

Science of crispy foods – Crispy chicken skin

We humans like crispy foods. Whether it’s munching on a potato chip, cracking through some crispy pork belly or enjoying a crispy bread crust, somehow we crave for it. There’s a reason chefs (and contestants...

whisky glasses and vessel

How whisk(e)y gets its flavour

What’s the similarity between vanilla ice cream and whisky? Any clue? It’s the vanilla. Whisky often contains vanilla flavours, just like ice cream does. But no vanilla bean has been added to whisky of...

oliebollen - dutch donuts - with and without raisins and with icing sugar

What are oliebollen? – The ‘Dutch donut’

Every year, on New Year’s Eve, a pot gets filled with oil and a dough is left to proof on the radiator to make something I wouldn’t make any other day of the year: oliebollen. Oliebollen for me are linked to...

Blueberry orange zestmuffin – Using IBM’s Chef Watson

The other day, blueberries were on sale at the supermarket. Blueberries tend to be expensive here so I decided to grab my chance and buy some, not having a clue on what to use them for just yet. Somehow though...

orange and lemon zest

Orange and lemon zest extract – Alcohol extraction

When making a dessert (hot cross waffles!) the other I needed the zest of about 1/5 of an orange and of a lemon. I don’t like using half products though. So I wanted to use all the zest in some useful way and...

poffertjes-in-a-poffertjes-pan

Poffertjes – Dutch Food & Some History

Another typical Dutch food as part of my Dutch food series are poffertjes. Poffertjes look like very small little pancakes, just a couple (maybe 5) cm in diameter! It seems as if these poffertjes were already eaten in...